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Old-time country roots with gourd banjo fabricator Chris Prieto

“Generally, no frets up until the late 1800s"

Chris Prieto’s only prior experience with a musical instrument was playing saxophone in the fifth grade. After becoming enthralled by old-time and country roots music a decade ago, Prieto decided to play the banjo. Four ...

John Skelton: English poet and tutor of King Henry VIII

His verse demonstrates an expert use of rhymes seemingly pushed through excessive repetition to their English limits

Go, Piteous Heart Go, pytyous hart, rasyd with dedly wo, Persyd with payn, bleding with wondes smart, Bewayle thy fortune, with vaynys wan and blo. O Fortune vnfrendly, Fortune vnkynde thow art, To be so ...

Mold gold

This is the best danged torta I can ever remember eating.

It’s black. It’s a fungus. It’s a disease. It’s delicious. I know because I’m sinking my fangs into a torta that’s drooling with it: huitlacoche. That’s a Nahuatl name meaning “sleeping excrescence.” It grows on ...

October 4 Brainstorm Contenders

Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 36. Robert Ott, Mira Mesa, 12. Randy Paddock, San Diego, 12. K.J. Rayner, San Diego, 12. Thomas McVeagh, Lakeside, 11. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 9. Greg Bergeron, Tierrasanta, 9. Martin Soblick, ...

October 4 Crossword Contenders

Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 34. Ron Meyer, Santee, 32. Martin Soblick, Del Mar, 32. Jon Christianson, El Cajon, 30. Dennis Butterworth, San Diego, 29. Maria Coda, Oceanside, 29. Richard Hutchings, Santee, 29. Evelyn Bowser, San ...

October 4 Sudoku Contenders

Elliot Rosenberg, La Jolla, 36. Sheila Brown, Golden Hill, 32. Joseph Ciprian, San Diego, 32. Thomas LaFleur, San Diego, 32. Ralph Levy, La Jolla, 32. Isabella Bosch-Sorensen, San Diego, 31. Randy Paddock, San Diego, 30. ...

Gift Machine: “We approach this with an almost religious fervor”

“Musical monks will be on hand to bless copies”

“We checked prices for Abbey Road, and it actually wasn’t that much more than the services that we have used in the past,” says Dave Matthies, singer for the Gift Machine, of how their upcoming ...

Bad Times at the El Royale is good

Director Drew Goddard is clearly a man who views his setting as a character

In 2012, writer-director Drew Goddard took a bunch of teens to a Cabin in the Woods for a rollicking nightmare subversion of the horror genre. Here, he takes a bunch of strangers — Jeff Bridges’ ...

Too filthy for phonics

Wheeler Walker Jr., Brockhampton, Thou, Matt Nathanson

Kentucky smartass Wheeler Walker Jr. returns to the North Park Observatory, where his appearance late last year sold out, for a November 30 set that happens to coincide with the release date of his third ...

More skate park or Whole Foods than faux vampire

The Growlers can blend a generational tapestry of genres that sounds complex, but is not

Some of the best rock music has been made in California. The Growlers are the present-day sum of that Golden state legacy. Imagine the Heartbreakers, but with random hints of surf rock, garage rock, British ...

Cult Muzic collective: three different rappers, a comic, a lively stage show, and a producer

“We’re like the Beastie Boys plus mushrooms times alien”

Five years ago, rapper Van Brando (born Brandon Van Eklenberg) was driven by anger. His lyrics told how his imprisoned father “fucked up his family” and how that pent-up anger led to his going to ...

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